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Restorative Justice and Christianity with Kathleen McGoey

Summary | Restorative Justice and Christianity with Kathleen McGoey

McGoey joins me to introduce the idea of RJ to my Reformed Christian audience. We discuss the concepts, principles, roots, and practice of RJ. How it’s been successfully integrated with, and sometimes replacing, the criminal legal system, as well as adoption of the principles in various schools as a means of conflict resolution.

Most importantly, we discuss it’s efficacy not only one it’s own merit, but by comparison with the obvious failure of the current criminal legal system. Join Kerry Baldwin with Kathleen McGoey as we Dare to Think about Restorative Justice and Christianity.

Main Points of Discussion

00:00 Introduction
01:27 What is the purpose of RJ?
05:22 How restorative justice aims at healing relationships in addition to providing restitution.
13:18 Is RJ effective at producing deterrence and reducing recidivism?
21:54 Devil’s advocate questions: why should I care about rehabilitating criminals?
27:00 Are there some people RJ won’t work for?
33:02 Is RJ a solution for domestic violence and similar abuses?
39:33 What are the roots of restorative justice, and are they compatible with Christianity?
44:14 Summary/Conclusion

 

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Kathleen McGoey

Featured Guest | Kathleen McGoey, M.A.

For eight years, Kathleen McGoey, MA, worked to expand the field of restorative justice practices through her leadership of Longmont Community Justice Partnership (LCJP). In April 2021, Kathleen left her position as LCJP’s Executive Director to launch Kathleen McGoey & Associates, Inc. and focus on increasing the use of restorative practices as tools for conflict transformation beyond the justice and school settings.

Kathleen has delivered training to youth, law enforcement agencies, educators, district attorneys, volunteers, and community agencies throughout Colorado and beyond. She co-authored her second book, The Little Book of Restorative Teaching Tools, (Good Books, 2020) to capture and share the success of experiential learning methods she developed with colleagues at LCJP.

She has a Masters in International Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Innsbruck, Austria, and a BA from the University of Notre Dame.

Summary | Restorative Justice and Christianity with Kathleen McGoey

Kathleen McGoey is a trainer and facilitator of Restorative Justice Practices & Conflict Transformation. She has Master’s in International Peace & Conflict Studies from the University of Innsbruck, Austria, and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame.

McGoeyis the former Executive Director of Longmont Community Justice Partnership (LCJP), where she oversaw community restorative justice programs in partnership with police and schools. She co-authored The Little Book of Restorative Teaching Tools (Good Books, 2020) and runs RestorativeTeachingTools.com, a free online collection of activities for teaching restorative practices.

McGoey joins me to introduce the idea of RJ to my Reformed Christian audience. We discuss the concepts, principles, roots, and practice of RJ. How it’s been successfully integrated with, and sometimes replacing, the criminal legal system, as well as adoption of the principles in various schools as a means of conflict resolution.

Most importantly, we discuss it’s efficacy not only one it’s own merit, but by comparison with the obvious failure of the current criminal legal system. Join Kerry Baldwin with Kathleen McGoey as we Dare to Think about Restorative Justice and Christianity.

Main Points of Discussion

00:00 Introduction
01:27 What is the purpose of RJ?
05:22 How restorative justice aims at healing relationships in addition to providing restitution.
13:18 Is RJ effective at producing deterrence and reducing recidivism?
21:54 Devil’s advocate questions: why should I care about rehabilitating criminals?
27:00 Are there some people RJ won’t work for?
33:02 Is RJ a solution for domestic violence and similar abuses?
39:33 What are the roots of restorative justice, and are they compatible with Christianity?
44:14 Summary/Conclusion

Resource Links

Restorative Justice Tools https://restorativeteachingtools.com/

The Little Book of Restorative Teaching Tools: Games, Activities, and Simulations for Understanding Restorative Justice Practices (Justice and Peacebuilding)

Hire Kathleen! https://www.kathleenmcgoey.com/

How to Love Your Enemy: A Restorative Justice Story (Free the People Documentary)

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Kerry Baldwin
B.A. Philosophy, Arizona State University. My writing focuses on libertarian philosophy and reformed theology and aimed at the educated layperson. I am a confessionally Reformed Christian orthodox Presbyterian in the tradition of J. Gresham Machen (1881 – 1937)

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